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Five Things for Today: April 4, 2022

Tulips galore at Burnside Farms


1. Burnside Farms’ annual Festival of Spring begins tomorrow, April 5, and tickets are available for this week! Blooming tulips and daffodils in an array of colors and varieties — more than 200 varieties of tulips and 30+ varieties of daffodils! —  is an absolutely stunning sight. Even better, you can pick your own to bring the beauty home (PYO flowers included with admission… 5 stems for adults, 3 stems for children). Admission also includes all kinds of play opportunities — bouncy fun,  cornhole games, hop on-hop off wagon rides, antique tractors and a real life size caboose, authentic dutch wooden shoes to “klomp” around in, and more.  You can BYO food for lunch or a snack al fresco in the picnic area, too.  Burnside Farms is located in Nokesville, VA, about a one-hour drive from DC.   Hours are 10am – 6pm daily.  Admission is $14-19 for weekdays,  $16-21 weekends — purchase in advance. This a a perfect activity if your kids are on Spring Break this week! See what other big blooms are literally coming up around the area in this KFDC post.


2. Starting today through April 9, National Geographic Live presents the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Nat Geo headquarters downtown.  The festival offers an awe-inspiring slate of more than 20 short films, shot on location and spanning multiple countries and continents around the world.  This year’s World Tour includes three exceptional programs of films, each screened on two separate nights starting at 7pm — see details here.  And as a special perk for this year’s attendees, you can show your film festival ticket for entry into the National Geographic Museum during normal hours until May 1 to explore the new exhibit Once Upon a Climb: Stories From Everest.


3. In honor of Earth Month, The Yards and Capitol Riverfront BID are hosting The Yards Green Guide Movie Night this Friday, 7:45-9:30pm, with a screening of The Lorax. It’s free to attend, but a $5 donation to the Ancostia Watershed Society is suggested — register in advance here. BYO chairs and blankets, and to pick up a food for a picnic under the stars at one of the many nearby restaurants and eateries.


4. Just bought a new set of these hanging planter bags to get our back patio ready for hang outdoors season! They are a very cheap and easy way to pretty things up (see below).


5. Out of the mouths of babes… these kids’ comments made me laugh.  What are some funny things yours have said?


Bonus: If your kids are off from school this week, and you’re looking for more ideas for things to do, be sure to check the KFDC guide for Where to Go & What to Do During Spring Break 2022!



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Five Things for Today: March 22, 2022

A cherry blossom scene from the FDR Memorial


1.. The cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin are peaking — and it is gorgeous! Get a glimpse of the scene from a visit there on Sunday, and if you plan to go see it, be sure to read my Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms (trust me… there’s a reason I’ve been reposting these tips for years).  Also be sure to check out this post listing activities and events during cherry blossom season that are particularly great for families.  Some have already started, and there’s a big one happening this weekend!


2. A special and delightful way to celebrate spring and the bloom: Afternoon cherry blossom tea!  The Washington Post has details on several of them around the area.


3. Steadfast Supply, the great shop at The Yards stocked with unique items by independent brands and designers from around the world, just announced a new recurring family event that will take place the first Saturday of every month from April – September. It will include a book reading, a kid’s activity, and an opportunity to connect with a local small business. The first one takes place on April 2 from 11am – 12:30pm  as local author, Scott McBride, reads his book, Connor The Courageous Cutter. Kids can also enjoy a fun craft, and local food delivery service, Vegetable & Butcher, will provide samples from their menu. This event will take place outdoors, weather permitting, and it’s all free!


4. Have you checked out the deals on CertifiKid lately?  There are some good ones for activities this spring, including PIXELBLOOM at ARTECHOUSE, Wizards games, DC United matches, an NSO family show at the Kennedy Center, getaways, and much more!


5. A chuckle from The Onion.



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Five Things for Today: March 16, 2022



1.  On the National Mall through Friday, March 18, is a striking installation of small blue flags planted in the stretch between 3rd & 4th Streets.  I posted about “United in Blue” and why it resonates on IG here.  You can also learn more about it here.


2. A great, inspiring read:  In this Washington Post article, some of the real local women depicted in the #IfThenSheCan exhibit talk about which area museums and objects inspire them.


3. Looking for new books for your kids?  Check out the Kids Indie Next List for March/April 2022 with recs for a range of ages — and look for them at some of our local bookstores:
East City Book Shop on Capitol Hill,
Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle
Solid State Books  on H Street NE
Politics & Prose at Union Market, The Wharf, and Northwest
Hurray for Books in Old Town Alexandria
Loyalty Bookstore in Petworth and Silver Spring


4. In case you haven’t heard, Hamilton will be returning to the Kennedy Center this summer!  Tickets  currently are available only to members through the KC website, but Goldstar has discount pre-sale tickets.


5.  I had something else planned for this spot, but this now seems more important to share. (Warning: Part of it includes really sad, graphic images.)


Bonus: How people in the DC area can support Ukraine.



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Five Things for Today: March 8, 2022


1. Happy International Women’s Day!  One cool way to celebrate:  See #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit, the largest collection of statues of women ever  assembled together. You can view many of  the bright orange sculptures, all of them based on real women who work in STEM, at the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle.  They also, apparently, are spread out among the Arts & Industries Building, National Museum of Natural History, the National Air and Space Museum, and along the National Mall.  They will be on display through March 27 and free to view.


2. Speaking of Air & Space… This Saturday, March 12, the museum is celebrating 100 years of the aircraft carrier with a special in-person Family Day. Soar Together @ Air and Space On Site Family Day: Floating Airfields will run 10am – 2pm at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the Chantilly, VA, “wing” of the Air and Space Museum. Meet aircraft carrier crew members and learn about their lives at sea, explore different jobs through hands-on activities, find out how to identify aircraft that land on carriers, and catch a free IMAX showing of Aircraft Carrier: Guardian of the Seas. Plan for time to explore the rest of the museum, too! Admission is free, though parking is $15.


3. Spring is on the way — and so is the dazzling array flowers that come with it!  Start getting ready to view them with Bloom Town: Where and When to See the Best Flower Displays Around DC, a post created back in 2018, but updated every year to reflect new dates for festivals and any other pertinent info. (And we have been to see all of the blooms, so all of the info and opinions come from actual experience!)


4. Later, Skaters!  Just about all of the outdoor ice skating rinks have closed for the season — the warm weather prompting early closure for at least one.  BUT if you want to get in one last glide under the sky, the Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion is open through this Sunday, March 13.   Of course, you can also skate inside — this post lists indoor ice rinks around the area, too.


5. A group of local chefs led by Casey Patten of Grazie Grazie and Matt Adler of Caruso’s Grocery are coming together for a fundraiser to support Ukrainian refugees. Belly Full is a two-day Pizza Pop Up happening this weekend, March 12-13, 4-9pm, with 100% of proceeds donated World Central Kitchen to help feed Ukrainian refugees along the borders. You can order your pizzas in advance online and pick up at 804 V Street NW.



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Five Things for Today: March 1, 2022

The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge lit blue and gold in support of Ukraine


1.  The Washington Post shares some organizations, to which you can donate to help people in Ukraine. One of them is our own DC chef José Andrés’ amazing World Central Kitchen — they are providing meals to thousands of Ukrainians who have fled their homes to seek safety in Poland and Romania (updates here).  I also shared a link in the last Weekend Round-Up for some other ways to help.


2.  Plan ahead for the weekend:  In celebration of  Women’s History Month, the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building is hosting two #WomensFuturesMonth events: On Saturday, Work It! FUTURES Career Day will highlight women who are changing the world and offer activities that show young guests (and us older ones!) how they can make a difference, too. On Sunday, Spark the FUTURES: Science Family Day will celebrate the power of girls and women in STEM. Meet real scientists and enjoy all kinds of related activities from special kid-friendly tours to hands-on demos to crafts and more.  Admission to both events is free — follow the links for more info and to RSVP.  And get a glimpse of the recently reopened Arts & Industries Building here.


3. Three Smithsonian museums that were temporarily closed due to Omicron are reopening this week!  The National Air and Space Museum (Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm), National Postal Museum (Friday – Tuesday, 10am – 5:30pm),  and Anacostia Community Museum (Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm) will once again welcome visitors.  Admission to all of them is free.


4.  Washingtonian has a round-up of DC restaurants and bars that are fundraising for Ukraine.


5.  Perfect timing for Darcy’s 10 Happy Things for March 💛


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